NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 13th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (32-18) at Boston Celtics (26-25), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The slumping Sacramento Kings kick off a tough road stretch this evening when they visit the Boston Celtics at FleetCenter.
Sacramento, which has lost four straight games, will begin a three-game trek in Beantown. Overall, the Kings will play nine of their next 10 games away from the comforts of ARCO Arena.
On Friday, Sacramento was handed a 115-113 home loss by the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs' Jason Terry completed a three-point play with 12.6 seconds remaining to provide the difference.
Chris Webber scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Brad Miller tallied 22 and 10 boards for Sacramento, which had lost only four of its previous 20 games before the current skid. Mike Bibby finished with 25 points in the loss.
The Kings, 13-10 on the road, will visit Chicago on Tuesday.
Boston, meanwhile, has won two straight games, and is 5-1 in the last six overall. On Friday, Ricky Davis scored 25 points and Paul Pierce added 17 to lead the Celtics to a 111-94 home win over the New York Knicks.
Raef LaFrentz recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who hold a slim one-game lead over Philadelphia atop the Atlantic Division.
The Celtics improved to 26-25 this season, moving above the .500 mark for the first time since being 3-2 in the early stages of the schedule.
Boston, 18-8 at home, will conclude a four-game Beantown set on Wednesday against Memphis.
Sacramento defeated Boston, 119-105, at ARCO Arena on December 5. The Kings have won two straight, and eight of the last nine meetings in the series.
02/13 10:07:55 ET